Sunshine and Dust

Friday, January 30, 2015

String Lights

Thursday, January 29, 2015

 G's magical, dr who, book laden bedroom. A good space for reading, studying and watching Good Mythical Morning on YouTube.

An Action Shot

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Duckling and Sweetie pretend to be The Flash and run up and down the hallyway making noises suggestive of dramatic speed acceleration. A few times they've nearly come a'cropper but somehow always catch themselves at the last minute. I love the abandon with which they immerse themselves in these games.
Breathe in.
Breathe out.
Heart full.

Hats on the Dash

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Long weekend traffic.

The Good China

Monday, January 26, 2015

We decided a long time ago to just use the 'good' china rather than have it sitting in the cupboards. Sometimes things get broken (rather a lot of things have been broken over this summer, mostly drinking glasses) but I enjoy eating off nice plates for every meal and spooning sugar out of this beautiful dish for our lemon and sugar pancakes. My parents collected a pattern similar to this and many years ago I saw this and a few other pieces in the window of a local antique shop. It turns out Mr Duyvken and my father had also noticed it in the window. My father went in and bought half of what they had as a gift for my mother. Then, My Duyvken went in and bought the remaining pieces as a gift to me. It was quite funny when we realised that all three of us had noticed it without ever mentioning it to anyone else. A couple of years after that my parents gave me the pieces they had as a birthday present. So, now they all sit together on a shelf in my kitchen reminding me of two of my favourite men.
Life is too short to save things for special occasions.


Sunday, January 25, 2015


Saturday, January 24, 2015

From the kitchen window. Isn't she a beauty?
Blue sky.
Warm air.

Good Morning

Friday, January 23, 2015

Our long, lazy, mornings are coming to and end soon because the kids are all back at school next week. I'm going to miss them. Both the mornings and kids.

Middle of the Week

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Milkshakes and coffee. I love the school holidays. 


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Quilt

Monday, January 19, 2015

After languishing in production for more than a year this quilt for playing on, snuggling under and dragging around is finally finished.. A lot of my favourite fabrics are in this simple hst quilt. I played with a few different layouts before settling on this one. SewKatieDid's values quilts tutorials are a great place to find hst pattern ideas.
120cm square, cotton batting and backing. Made with lots of love for my littlest duckling.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

We have our own little door nymph who watches over the garden. She keeps an eye on all the birds and bees and deadheads the geraniums that are planted by the steps. She is so efficient she often doesn't wait until they're dead. And who can blame her? The petals are so bright and velvety they are too hard to resist. Nymphs, I am learning, should do what they want in gardens that are theirs.

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